Santander merger sees A&L lawyer quit

Alliance & Leicester (A&L) head of corporate and commercial law Raj Singh-Dehal has left the company in the wake of its merger with Santander.

Singh-Dehal joined ­holiday park operator ­Center Parcs as group ­company secretary on 8 June.

A&L’s in-house lawyers were absorbed into the ­Santander UK legal function earlier this year under ­former Abbey legal chief Karen Fortunato. It is ­understood that four lawyers have left since the merger.

The Spanish bank bought A&L for £1.3bn and has owned Abbey since 2004.

Santander now employs 37 lawyers in the UK.

The new heads of ­department reporting to Fortunato are: head of commercial law Joanna Day; head of corporate, ­litigation and secretariat Shaun Cole; and head of capital markets Johnny Shepherd.

Former A&L head of legal Carolyn Hay has remained with Santander as head of projects.

Singh-Dehal replaces Tim Parker as company secretary at Center Parcs. Parker has moved to an in-house role at industrial equipment maker NSK Precision UK.

Santander has announced that the A&L brand, along with those of Abbey and Bradford & Bingley, will be abandoned next year and will instead operate under the Santander brand.